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It’s that time of year again. Kids are getting ready to get back to school, and for most students, that means getting there by bus. As a Seattle car accident attorney, I want drivers and students to be safe while traveling to and from school.
Here are tips for driver and student school bus safety, according to news reports and the ACEP:
- Organize your child’smedical history records and emergency medical contact information and provide a copy of these details to school officials and daycare providers. Tell them to take this information to the emergency department if your child is sick or injured.
- Work with your child’sdoctor or the school nurse to create action plans for any health issues your child has, such as asthma or food allergies. Discuss these plans with all appropriate caregivers.
- Take your child for medical and dental check-ups before school starts, as well as necessary immunizations. Consider vision and hearing tests and a sports check-up if your child will be playing school sports.
- Review and accompany your child on a practice run of the route to school. Explain potential hazards, including traffic dangers.
- If your child takes the bus, designate a safe, visible pick up/drop off location that’s used by other children and can be clearly seen by adults.
- Make sure your child knows how to telephone for help. Post emergency contact numbers by every telephone in the home and have your child practice how to call 911 or the local emergency number.
- Create a family emergency plan in case something happens on the way to or at school. Parents should be aware of school emergency and evacuation plans.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bus accident, contact personal injury lawyer who might be able to help.